Thursday, October 30, 2014

What do I do if I finish?

   image created with
Today we a re finishing up our mini research projects.  If you complete your work, here are some things to do:

*Help a classmate (put those technology skills to work and help others!)


*Check out the awesome Halloween wonders on the Wonderopolis site:
Get all of your Halloween questions answered!


*Create an online monster at one of the following sites:
ThinkBank Monster Maker
PBS Kids Alien Assembly
Build Your Wild Self  

If you make something great and want to share it, check in with an adult so we can make a copy!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mini Research Projects--Putting It All Together!

So far you have learned how to find information in books, find images online, and write citations for books and online images. Now you will have a chance to put this all together on a poster about one of your interests!

Goals for this lesson:
  • Learn more about one of your interests
  • Share information about your interest with other scholars
  • Practice finding library books
  • Practice quoting or paraphrasing facts
  • Practice making citations for books and online images

Step 1: Choose one of your interests or hobbies...not an animal this time! Examples would be a sport, a craft, or a favorite activity.

Step 2: Look for a book in the RES library about your interest or hobby. You can use OPALS to search for a book, or you can go straight to the library shelves. If you can't find a book on your interest or hobby, go back to step 1 and choose something else (you will need to use a library book for this project).

Step 3: Use sticky notes to mark three facts in your book.

Step 4: Quote or paraphrase your three facts on a piece of paper. Information about quoting or paraphrasing your information is in this blog post.

Step 5: Write a citation for your book on the same piece of paper. Information about writing citations for books is in this blog post. Do not include page numbers, because you will be getting information from many different places in the book.

Step 6: Log on to a computer and ***USE INTERNET EXPLORER*** to find an image that shows your interest and helps to describe in pictures the information you found in your book.  Copy the image and paste it into a Google document. Information about finding images is in this blog post.

Step 7: Make a citation for the image and put it in the same Google document. Information about citing images is in this blog post.

Step 8: Check in with a teacher to verify your citation and then print out your Google document with the image and image citation.

Step 9: Put your image document and your facts-and-citation paper onto poster paper. Write a title on the top of your poster. Write your name and your teacher's name on the back. When you're done, your poster should look something like this. (Note: Your notes and citations from your book can be handwritten).

 Step 10:  Write at least 2 reasons why we need citations when doing research and add them to your poster.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Finding and Citing Images

Today we are going to be thinking about the best places to find images that we can use in our projects.  Sometimes the images can be ones we create----but sometimes we want to use a great photograph or drawing that someone else has created.  Pictures make projects even more interesting and exciting for your audience!

Our goals today are:

*Learn about a variety of places to search for images that are free and available for your use
*Learn how to cite your image sources
*Practice your cutting and pasting skills! 

Minilesson: Can I use it? Why do I write a citation for it? How do I write a citation for it?

Some images are for can't use those.

Getty Images

Some images are "resuable" as long as you cite them.

Wikimedia Commons

Places to look for reusable images - listed on library website

 RES Library website

How to cite an image: CESU fourth grade

Use the URL (web page address)


*****Google images is not an image source! Click on "View Image" to get the real URL***

Step 1:  Pick a wild animal.  You will be looking for an excellent picture of this animal in its natural habitat.

Step 2:  Use the search engines below to find great images.  The goal is the best picture you can find, so do not settle for the first picture! After you try a site, before you go on to the next one, please go to Step 3.

Option 1: 
World Book Online
Our library pays for a subscription to this resource. You can access it through the library website.  If you are not on a school computer, you need to use a login and password, available in the library.

 Option 2:

Option 3:
Wikmedia Commons

Option 4: 
Google Advanced Image Search
*type in your search words at the top
*then go all the way to the bottom, click next to "useage rights," pick "free to use or share"
*click "Advanced Search"

Only look at these if you have extra time!

Option 5:
Discovery Education Clip Art Gallery use and citation information here

Option 6:
Open Clip Art Library (OCAL)

Step 3:   Evaluate the site you used to find your images using the scorecard.

Step 4: If you decide that the image is the best one you can find, you need to cut and paste it into a Google Document or Microsoft Word document.  INCLUDE the CITATION! (Copy and paste the URL)

Step 5:  Note your preferred site for finding images on your scorecard.  Share this with Mrs. Redford or Mrs. Rankin.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Surprising Facts, Excellent Citations

Surprising Facts, Excellent Citations

Today's class: Find a surprising fact and make a Quote Poster

Step 1: Use OPALS or go to the shelves to find a book on a topic you are interested in

Step 2: Find 1 cool or surprising fact in your book and mark it with a sticky note

Minilesson: Quote or Paraphrase?

Quote = use the original words, put quotation marks around it

"The Iditarod is the longest sled-dog race in the world -- more than one thousand miles long."

Paraphrase = retell in your own words.

The Iditarod dogsled race is over 1,000 miles long.

You have to cite it either way.

Step 3: Write a quote or a paraphrase of your surprising fact on one side of your index card. When you are done, an adult should check it for you.

Minilesson: Citation for a book

Why do we cite / make citations?


Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. Title of the Book. Year the book was published. Pages where you found the information.

Siebert, Patricia. Mush! Across Alaska in the World's Longest Sled-Dog Race. 1992. Page 15.

 Author's Last Name, Author's First Name = Siebert, Patricia.

Title = Mush! Across Alaska in the World's Longest Sled-Dog Race.

Year the book was published = 1992.

Page where I found the information = 15.

Complete Citation

Siebert, Patricia. Mush! Across Alaska in the World's Longest Sled-Dog Race. 1992. Page 15.

Step 4: Write a citation for your book on the back side of your index card. These citations should be in your neatest handwriting--they will be on display!

Step 5:  We will go to the computer lab to create a fabulous fact picture to display on a bulletin board in the RES hallway. Make sure you have your index card!

Step 6:  Log on to your computer and go to:

Step 7:  Type your amazing fact into the application and choose how how you want it to look

Step 8:  Once you are happy with your image, create it! Download the image. Your image will be downloaded to your Downloads folder on your computer, and will be a .png file. It might look something like this:

Step 9: Go to your Downloads folder. Open your dowloaded .png file. Print it out on the rlab-colorcopier.

Step 10: Tape your index card to the bottom of your quote poster with the citation showing (see Mrs. Redford's example).

When you are done, you may explore with any of the tools we have used so far in class (Word Clouds, Recite This)...or help to create our bulletin board by checking in with Mrs. Rankin! You can also check out a 'new to class' green site called Wonderopolis  

This is a great place to learn how to ask great questions!